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Robotics Research
Apr 24, 2020
Robots Provide Surgeons With Superhuman Stability and Precision

Robots Provide Surgeons With Superhuman Stability and Precision

Robotic systems are increasingly being used to facilitate and optimise the positioning of instruments and tools during surgery. These systems simplify operating room workflows.
Robotics Research
Apr 24, 2020
Remote Control of Soft Robots

Remote Control of Soft Robots

Soft materials, such as rubber or polymers that can endure drastic changes to their shape, are promising for applications where flexibility and shapeshifting abilities are paramount. For example, these materials can be used to create soft robots suited for specialized tasks, ranging from medical devices that could navigate around inside the body to robots for search-and-rescue missions that can squeeze through small openings.
Robotics Research
Apr 23, 2020
In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

While the eyes of the world are on the novel coronavirus, East Africa continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: growing swarms of ravenous locusts. Both crises are extraordinary in scale, and both foes multiply so quickly that governments are struggling to contain them.
Robotics Research
Apr 22, 2020
Insect-Like Robot Uses Artificial Neurons to Modify Gait in Real Time

Insect-Like Robot Uses Artificial Neurons to Modify Gait in Real Time

A research team has developed NeuroPod, an automaton that simulates the activity of a six-legged insect. The model, which walks, trots and runs, uses efficient and cost effective materials. It could therefore pave the way for the creation of prostheses or structures for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries at a reduced cost compared with those currently in use.
Robotics Research
Apr 21, 2020
New Report Addresses Key Questions About the $25bn Hearables Market

New Report Addresses Key Questions About the $25bn Hearables Market

IDTechEx have released a new report covering the market, technology and players in hearables. It finds that the hearables market was worth $24.5bn in 2019 and will continue to grow at a forecasted 14% YoY from 2020-2025.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Autonomous driving: datasets to train algorithms

Autonomous driving: datasets to train algorithms

Algorithm development is central to autonomous driving. The progress here has been unleashed by the rise of train deep neutral networks which enable addressing hitherto inaccessible problems.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Mobile robots in logistics: grid-based goods-to-person automation

Mobile robots in logistics: grid-based goods-to-person automation

Mobile robots and autonomous vehicles are impacting every step of the logistic and delivery chain from the warehouse and fulfillment centres to the customers' hand. In this article, we consider grid-based robots which automate the goods-to-person step.
Robotics Research
Apr 21, 2020
Why Robots are Being Trained in Self-Awareness

Why Robots are Being Trained in Self-Awareness

Robots passing cognitive tests such as recognising themselves in a mirror and being programmed with a human sense of time are showing how machines are being shaped to become a bigger part of our everyday lives.
Robotics Research
Apr 20, 2020
Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA's Perseverance Rover

Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA's Perseverance Rover

With the launch period of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover opening in 13 weeks, final preparations of the spacecraft continue at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the past week, the assembly, test and launch operations team completed important milestones, fueling the descent stage — also known as the sky crane — and attaching the Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft in history to attempt power-controlled flight on another planet.
Robotics Research
Apr 17, 2020
Underwater Robots can Boost Ocean Discoveries

Underwater Robots can Boost Ocean Discoveries

Underwater robots are regularly used by the oil and gas industry to inspect and maintain offshore structures. The same machines could be adapted to gather extra scientific information, thus boosting environmental and resource management capabilities, an Australian-led study has revealed.
Robotics Research
Apr 16, 2020
Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to Eat Metal for Energy

Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to Eat Metal for Energy

When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. Batteries store energy internally, but are therefore heavy and have a limited supply. Harvesters, such as solar panels, collect energy from their environments. This gets around some of the downsides of batteries but introduces new ones, in that they can only operate in certain conditions and can't turn that energy into useful power very quickly.
Robotics Research
Apr 15, 2020
New AI Tool to Evaluate all Possibilities in Robot Decisions

New AI Tool to Evaluate all Possibilities in Robot Decisions

Just like humans, when robots have a decision to make there are often many options and hundreds of potential outcomes. Robots have been able to simulate a handful of these outcomes to figure out which course of action will be the most likely to lead to success. But what if one of the other options were equally likely to succeed - and safer?
Robotics Research
Apr 14, 2020
4500 Meter-Capable Underwater Robotic System Discovers New Species

4500 Meter-Capable Underwater Robotic System Discovers New Species

An estimated 150-foot siphonophore-seemingly the longest animal ever recorded-was discovered during a month-long scientific expedition exploring the submarine canyons near Ningaloo, Australia. Additionally, up to 30 new underwater species were found by researchers from the Western Australian Museum aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor.
Robotics Research
Apr 13, 2020
Personalised Microrobots Deliver Drugs to Cells

Personalised Microrobots Deliver Drugs to Cells

Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of bacteria mean they can navigate toward certain chemicals or be remotely controlled using magnetic or sound signals.
Robotics Research
Apr 13, 2020
Level 4 Autonomous Van E-Flex from Karma Automotive

Level 4 Autonomous Van E-Flex from Karma Automotive

Karma's new L4 E-Flex Van achieves 320 trillion operations per second of deep learning. The Karma L4 van is the latest in a series of platform development projects featuring the Karma E-Flex Platform.
Robotics Research
Apr 10, 2020
Flexoskeletons for Faster and Cheaper Insect Inspired Robots

Flexoskeletons for Faster and Cheaper Insect Inspired Robots

Engineers have developed a new method that doesn't require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots.
Robotics Research
Apr 9, 2020
Autonomous Trucks: Addressing the Industry's Structural Challenges

Autonomous Trucks: Addressing the Industry's Structural Challenges

What is the technology and commercial status of Autonomous mobility, and what does the future market deployment look like?
Robotics Research
Apr 9, 2020
Flying High:  Drones on Cables are Expanding the Scope of Wind Energy

Flying High: Drones on Cables are Expanding the Scope of Wind Energy

By harnessing the power of strong winds at higher altitude than turbines reach, airborne wind energy could be another key source of renewable energy, but it will need a combination of successful designs, more robust software and good storytelling to really take off.
Robotics Research
Apr 8, 2020
Autonomous Shuttles Help Transport COVID-19 Tests

Autonomous Shuttles Help Transport COVID-19 Tests

For the first time in the US autonomous vehicles are being used to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida.
Robotics Research
Apr 7, 2020
The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The microelectronic robot is 0.8 mm long, 0.8 mm wide and 0.14 mm tall. To compare: a one cent piece has a diameter of around 16mm. The micro-robot is extremely flexible, motile and equipped with various functionalities.
Robotics Research
Apr 24, 2020
Robots Provide Surgeons With Superhuman Stability and Precision

Robots Provide Surgeons With Superhuman Stability and Precision

Robotic systems are increasingly being used to facilitate and optimise the positioning of instruments and tools during surgery. These systems simplify operating room workflows.
Robotics Research
Apr 23, 2020
In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

While the eyes of the world are on the novel coronavirus, East Africa continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: growing swarms of ravenous locusts. Both crises are extraordinary in scale, and both foes multiply so quickly that governments are struggling to contain them.
Robotics Research
Apr 21, 2020
New Report Addresses Key Questions About the $25bn Hearables Market

New Report Addresses Key Questions About the $25bn Hearables Market

IDTechEx have released a new report covering the market, technology and players in hearables. It finds that the hearables market was worth $24.5bn in 2019 and will continue to grow at a forecasted 14% YoY from 2020-2025.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Mobile robots in logistics: grid-based goods-to-person automation

Mobile robots in logistics: grid-based goods-to-person automation

Mobile robots and autonomous vehicles are impacting every step of the logistic and delivery chain from the warehouse and fulfillment centres to the customers' hand. In this article, we consider grid-based robots which automate the goods-to-person step.
Robotics Research
Apr 20, 2020
Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA's Perseverance Rover

Mars Helicopter Attached to NASA's Perseverance Rover

With the launch period of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover opening in 13 weeks, final preparations of the spacecraft continue at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In the past week, the assembly, test and launch operations team completed important milestones, fueling the descent stage — also known as the sky crane — and attaching the Mars Helicopter, which will be the first aircraft in history to attempt power-controlled flight on another planet.
Robotics Research
Apr 16, 2020
Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to Eat Metal for Energy

Scavenger Technology Allows Robots to Eat Metal for Energy

When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. Batteries store energy internally, but are therefore heavy and have a limited supply. Harvesters, such as solar panels, collect energy from their environments. This gets around some of the downsides of batteries but introduces new ones, in that they can only operate in certain conditions and can't turn that energy into useful power very quickly.
Robotics Research
Apr 14, 2020
4500 Meter-Capable Underwater Robotic System Discovers New Species

4500 Meter-Capable Underwater Robotic System Discovers New Species

An estimated 150-foot siphonophore-seemingly the longest animal ever recorded-was discovered during a month-long scientific expedition exploring the submarine canyons near Ningaloo, Australia. Additionally, up to 30 new underwater species were found by researchers from the Western Australian Museum aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor.
Robotics Research
Apr 13, 2020
Level 4 Autonomous Van E-Flex from Karma Automotive

Level 4 Autonomous Van E-Flex from Karma Automotive

Karma's new L4 E-Flex Van achieves 320 trillion operations per second of deep learning. The Karma L4 van is the latest in a series of platform development projects featuring the Karma E-Flex Platform.
Robotics Research
Apr 9, 2020
Autonomous Trucks: Addressing the Industry's Structural Challenges

Autonomous Trucks: Addressing the Industry's Structural Challenges

What is the technology and commercial status of Autonomous mobility, and what does the future market deployment look like?
Robotics Research
Apr 8, 2020
Autonomous Shuttles Help Transport COVID-19 Tests

Autonomous Shuttles Help Transport COVID-19 Tests

For the first time in the US autonomous vehicles are being used to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida.
Robotics Research
Apr 24, 2020
Remote Control of Soft Robots

Remote Control of Soft Robots

Soft materials, such as rubber or polymers that can endure drastic changes to their shape, are promising for applications where flexibility and shapeshifting abilities are paramount. For example, these materials can be used to create soft robots suited for specialized tasks, ranging from medical devices that could navigate around inside the body to robots for search-and-rescue missions that can squeeze through small openings.
Robotics Research
Apr 22, 2020
Insect-Like Robot Uses Artificial Neurons to Modify Gait in Real Time

Insect-Like Robot Uses Artificial Neurons to Modify Gait in Real Time

A research team has developed NeuroPod, an automaton that simulates the activity of a six-legged insect. The model, which walks, trots and runs, uses efficient and cost effective materials. It could therefore pave the way for the creation of prostheses or structures for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries at a reduced cost compared with those currently in use.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Autonomous driving: datasets to train algorithms

Autonomous driving: datasets to train algorithms

Algorithm development is central to autonomous driving. The progress here has been unleashed by the rise of train deep neutral networks which enable addressing hitherto inaccessible problems.
Robotics Research
Apr 21, 2020
Why Robots are Being Trained in Self-Awareness

Why Robots are Being Trained in Self-Awareness

Robots passing cognitive tests such as recognising themselves in a mirror and being programmed with a human sense of time are showing how machines are being shaped to become a bigger part of our everyday lives.
Robotics Research
Apr 17, 2020
Underwater Robots can Boost Ocean Discoveries

Underwater Robots can Boost Ocean Discoveries

Underwater robots are regularly used by the oil and gas industry to inspect and maintain offshore structures. The same machines could be adapted to gather extra scientific information, thus boosting environmental and resource management capabilities, an Australian-led study has revealed.
Robotics Research
Apr 15, 2020
New AI Tool to Evaluate all Possibilities in Robot Decisions

New AI Tool to Evaluate all Possibilities in Robot Decisions

Just like humans, when robots have a decision to make there are often many options and hundreds of potential outcomes. Robots have been able to simulate a handful of these outcomes to figure out which course of action will be the most likely to lead to success. But what if one of the other options were equally likely to succeed - and safer?
Robotics Research
Apr 13, 2020
Personalised Microrobots Deliver Drugs to Cells

Personalised Microrobots Deliver Drugs to Cells

Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of bacteria mean they can navigate toward certain chemicals or be remotely controlled using magnetic or sound signals.
Robotics Research
Apr 10, 2020
Flexoskeletons for Faster and Cheaper Insect Inspired Robots

Flexoskeletons for Faster and Cheaper Insect Inspired Robots

Engineers have developed a new method that doesn't require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots.
Robotics Research
Apr 9, 2020
Flying High:  Drones on Cables are Expanding the Scope of Wind Energy

Flying High: Drones on Cables are Expanding the Scope of Wind Energy

By harnessing the power of strong winds at higher altitude than turbines reach, airborne wind energy could be another key source of renewable energy, but it will need a combination of successful designs, more robust software and good storytelling to really take off.
Robotics Research
Apr 7, 2020
The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The microelectronic robot is 0.8 mm long, 0.8 mm wide and 0.14 mm tall. To compare: a one cent piece has a diameter of around 16mm. The micro-robot is extremely flexible, motile and equipped with various functionalities.
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